ERIC Number: EJ1119843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
"It's a Business": Student Affairs Practitioners' Transition from a Not-for-Profit to For-Profit Institution of Higher Education
Davidson, Denise L.
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n7 p778-792 Oct 2016
In this phenomenological inquiry the author examined the experience of transitioning from student affairs work at not-for-profit colleges and universities to work in institutions of higher education that generate revenue or dividends for owners, investors, or shareholders, commonly called for-profit institutions. Multiple interviews with 11 participants yielded 5 themes: a focus on business, the purpose of student affairs work, position role and responsibilities, the supervisory relationship, and alternate preparation for for-profit work. Implications are addressed, including the process, setting, and context of work; making one's philosophy explicit; the role of graduate preparation programs; and position level and gender.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Commercialization, Organizational Change, Private Sector, Phenomenology, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Occupational Information, Staff Role, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Objectives, Professional Education, Training Methods, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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